September 14, 2006
Re "Why pay millions for 'A Million's' lies?" Opinion, Sept. 10 David L. Ulin's evident disregard for nonfiction comes through in his defense of what he terms "creative nonfiction." If readers were moved by the fantasies presented as fact in James Frey's memoir, "A Million Little Pieces," does that make the "emotional response" invalid, he asks. Well, yes, because readers were falsely led to believe they were responding to an honest depiction of real events. "Creativity, after all," Ulin writes, "is a matter of illusion."
June 11, 2006
David L. Ulin sidesteps the importance of the third act in movies ("Why Charlie Kaufman Is Us," May 14). Movies are an accelerated form of narrative, so without a strong closing, the entire clothesline of ideas collapses. Kaufman is masterful at ideas, but an emperor with no "close." He is in good company. In an era of "The Towering Inferno" and "The Poseidon Adventure," Woody Allen's operatic neuroses were hailed as comic genius. At a time of inoffensive Dan Fogelberg ballads, Michael Jackson's overcooked obsessions thrilled music fans worldwide.
December 9, 2007 |
THIS year's Favorite Books issue has a retrospective feel. Inside, you'll find pieces on the pioneering comics artist Winsor McCay and children's author Beverly Cleary, as well as a reflection on rereading and a look at the lingering influence of the chapbook. At the heart of all this are the lists of our favorite books of the year: 25 works of fiction and poetry and 25 of nonfiction, culled from our reviews in 2007.
December 13, 1998
As David L. Ulin notes in "Honk if You Love Pico-Union" (Nov. 15), L.A. audiences don't turn out in droves to support home-grown or nontraditional arts. The few existing mid-sized theaters don't seem to be thriving, and the demise of Alfaro's alma mater, the Inner City Cultural Center, which emerged from the ashes of the Watts riots, has left a large void. However, as long as Alfaro and other gap-straddling, fun-poking, hmm-inducing performers and writers can work at art-irritating-life, there may be hope for this city yet. Kezia M. Jauron Sherman Oaks To those who know him, Alfaro is a gifted talent, one who perseveres and relates Latino complexities to an oft-times skeptical public.
July 15, 2007
The following reviews are scheduled: Jonathan Kirsch reviews "The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast From Times Square to the Golden Gate" by Michael Wallis and Michael S. Williamson. Bernadette Murphy reviews "The River Wife," a novel by Jonis Agee. Tim Rutten reviews "The Song Before It Is Sung," a novel by Justin Cartwright. Kai Maristed reviews "The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur" by Brian Steidle and Gretchen Steidle Wallace. David L.